On 20-21 November 2019, the MyAcademicID consortium presented the progress of the project at a European-wide conference in Berlin. Organised by the Deutsches Studentenwerk and hosted by the Humboldt University of Berlin, the two-day event gathered over 130 participants from more than 30 countries among university IT staff and CIOs, international relations officers, NRENs, student unions, national and EU decision-makers, and identity and service providers.
On the first day, the plenary presentations saw a number of keynote speakers discuss the importance of moving towards a European Student eID scheme for higher education that bootstraps and connects existing digital infrastructure. The general consensus was that successfully rolling out an electronic student identifier will not only streamline and simplify procedures related to student mobility, but more importantly, place students in the driver’s seat and allow them to manage their own data to access electronic services in a trusted manner through a single-sign on.
Harpa Sif Arnarsdottir, from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), described the policy context behind MyAcademicID and the role that the project plays in delivering a European Education Area. Licia Florio and Christos Kanellopoulos, from GÉANT, explained how federated authentication and eduGAIN work and the basic architecture and connections underpinning MyAcademicID.
To further engage the audience, the conference included two parallel workshops on Day 1 (on legal and political challenges and on technical issues); and two panel discussions on Day 2, where the speakers debated with the conference participants the role that technology plays in the future of student mobility and how it can help to strengthen the student status at the European level.
The conference wrapped up by announcing that six national MyAcademicID workshops will take place throughout spring in 2020 to follow up on the progress of the project and open the discussion to national stakeholders. The first conference will take place in Berlin on 18 March. Stay tuned for more information!
Find all the conference presentations and resources below: